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USNS Rappahannock (T-AO-204)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Romeo - Alpha - Papa
NRAP
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

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Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation (2) - National Defense Service Medal


Henry J. Kaiser Class Fleet Oiler:
  • Laid down, 29 March 1992, at Avondale Industries, Westwego, LA.
  • Launched, 14 January 1995
  • Delivered to the Navy and placed in service with the Military Sealift Command (MSC) as USNS Rappahannock (T-AO-204), 7 November 1995
  • USNS Rappahannock, a double hulled tanker, is part of the MSC Naval Auxiliary Force, MSC Far East
    Specifications:
    Displacement 9,500 t.(lt) 42,382 t.(fl)
    Length 677'
    Beam 97' 5"
    Draft 35' (max.)
    Cargo Capacity 178,000-bbls
    Speed 20 kts.
    Complement Civilians, 18 Officers, 64 Merchant Seamen, Navy, 1 Officer, 20 Enlisted
    Armament none
    Aircraft helicopter platform only
    Propulsion two medium speed Colt-Pielstick PC4-2/2 10V-570 diesel engines, twin shafts, 16,000 hp per shaft

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    Rappahannock 107k USNS Rappahannock (T-AO-204) passing through the Panama Canal, date unknown.
    US Navy photo
    MSC web site
    Rappahannock 95k USNS Rappahannock (T-AO-204) refueling USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG-54), date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret
    Rappahannock 41k USNS Rappahannock (T-AO 204) refueling USCGC Chase (WHEC 718) and USCGC Rush (WHEC 723), date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret
    Rappahannock 88k USNS Rappahannock (T-AO-204) in the western Pacific, refueling USS O'Brien (DD-975) and USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63), date unknown.
    US Navy photo by Erich Ryland PH2 USN
    Scott at LBS Products
    CV-63 Kitty Hawk 63k USNS Rappahannock (T-AO-204) conducts a Replenishment at Sea (RAS) with USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63), 13 March 2001 in the Pacific Ocean.
    US Navy photo # 010313-N-0271-013 by PHAN Lee McCaskill .

    Alex Tatchin
    CV-63 Kitty Hawk 104k USNS Rappahannock (T-AO 204) steams along side USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) during a replenishment at sea (RAS), 15 May 2002.
    US Navy photo # 020515-N-0271M-022 by Lee McCaskill PH3 USN
    US Navy Newsstand
    Rappahannock 54k USS Rappahannock (T-AO-204) in the Persian Gulf, 14 March 2006 as USS Dextrous (MCM-13) prepares to come alongside for refueling.
    US Navy photo.
    DC1(SW/SS) David Johnston, USNR, MCM Crew Implicit
    Essex 379k The dock landing ship USS Tortuga (LSD-46) approaches USNS Rappahannock (T-AO-204), already alongside USS Essex (LHD-2) for a refueling-at-sea, preparing for Cobra Gold 2009. Cobra Gold is an annual Kingdom of Thailand and U.S. co-sponsored military exercise designed to train U.S. and partner Asian-pacific forces. The exercise will include humanitarian projects with participants from Indonesia, Japan, Singapore, Thailand and the United States.
    US Navy photo # 090206-N-5253W-020 GULF OF THAILAND (Feb. 6, 2009) by MC2 Gabriel S. Weber.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Essex 289k The dock landing ship USS Tortuga (LSD-46), left, and USS Essex (LHD-2), right, steam alongside USNS Rappahannock (T-AO-204), with the guided-missile destroyer USS Stethem (DDG-63) and the amphibious dock landing ship USS Harpers Ferry (LSD-49) close behind, during an refueling at sea, preparing for Cobra Gold 2009. Cobra Gold is an annual Kingdom of Thailand and U.S. co-sponsored military exercise designed to train U.S. and partner Asian-pacific forces. The exercise will include humanitarian projects with participants from Indonesia, Japan, Singapore, Thailand and the United States.
    US Navy photo # 090206-N-5253W-085 GULF OF THAILAND (Feb. 6, 2009) by MC2 Gabriel S. Weber.
    Robert M. Cieri and Lee Wahler
    Essex
    090206-N-5253W-127
    282k The dock landing ship USS Tortuga (LSD-46), left, and the amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD-2), right, receive fuel from USNS Rappahannock (T-AO-204) during a refueling at sea preparing for Cobra Gold 2009. Cobra Gold is an annual Kingdom of Thailand and U.S. co-sponsored military exercise designed to train U.S. and partner Asian-pacific forces. The exercise will include humanitarian projects with participants from Indonesia, Japan, Singapore, Thailand and the United States.
    US Navy photos;
    # 090206-N-5253W-127 GULF OF THAILAND (Feb. 6, 2009)
    and
    # 090206-N-5253W-176 GULF OF THAILAND (Feb. 6, 2009) by MC2 Gabriel S. Weber.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Essex
    090206-N-5253W-176
    415k
    Rappahannock 515k USS Rappahannock (T-AO-204) transits alongside the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN-73) after a replenishment at sea. George Washington, the Navy's only permanently forward-deployed aircraft carrier, is underway supporting security and stability in the western Pacific Ocean.
    US Navy photo # 091018-N-1644H-006 PACIFIC OCEAN (Oct.18, 2009) by MC1 John M. Hageman.
    Lee Wahler
    Rappahannock 846k USS Rappahannock (T-AO-204) steams alongside the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN-73). George Washington during a replenishment at sea. George Washington is the Navy's only permanently forward-deployed aircraft carrier is underway supporting security and stability in the western Pacific Ocean.
    US Navy photo # 091105-N-1644H-055 PACIFIC OCEAN (Nov. 5, 2009) by MC1 John M. Hageman.
    Lee Wahler
    Rappahannock 971k USS Rappahannock (T-AO-204) falls back after conducting a replenishment at sea with the amphibious dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD-48). Ashland is part of the Nassau Amphibious Ready Group supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation operations in the US 5th Fleet area of responsibility.
    US Navy photo # 100408-N-1082Z-037 U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY (April 8, 2010) by MC2 Jason R. Zalasky.
    Lee Wahler
    Rappahannock 1216k USS Rappahannock (T-AO-204), right, conducts a refueling and vertical replenishment at sea with the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD-4). Boxer is the flagship of the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group underway with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (13th MEU) on a deployment to the western Pacific Ocean.
    US Navy photo # 110317-N-GW695-019 SOUTH CHINA SEA (March 17, 2011) by MC3 Stephen M. Votaw.
    Lee Wahler
    Rappahannock 895k USS Rappahannock (T-AO-204) transits alongside the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) before a replenishment at sea. George Washington is underway in the US 7th Fleet area of responsibility.
    US Navy photo # 110708-N-AW206-005 INDIAN OCEAN (July 8, 2011) by MC3 Jacob D. Moore.
    Lee Wahler
    Rappahannock 1234k Sailor aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) observe as the USNS Rappahannock (T-AO-204) approaches for a replenishment at sea. George Washington departed its forward-operating base of Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka, 12 June 2011.
    US Navy photo # 110708-N-IN180-070 INDIAN OCEAN (July 8, 2011) by MCSN William Gatlin.
    Lee Wahler
    Rappahannock 580k An SH-60F Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to the Black Knights of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron (HS-4) transfers pallets of supplies from USNS Rappahannock (T-AO-204) during a vertical replenishment at sea with the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76). Ronald Reagan is underway in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility.
    US Navy photo # 110810-N-EE987-003 SOUTH CHINA SEA (Aug. 10, 2011) by MC3 Shawn J. Stewart.
    Lee Wahler
    Rappahannock 1997k USNS Rappahannock (T-AO-204) underway alongside the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN-73) before conducting a replenishment at sea. George Washington received more than a million gallons of fuel from Rappahannock. George Washington is the Navy's only full-time forward-deployed aircraft carrier and is on a scheduled patrol.
    US Navy photo # 111004-N-DP652-063 PACIFIC OCEAN (Oct. 4, 2011) by MCSN Erin Devenberg.
    Lee Wahler
    Rappahannock 1796k USNS Rappahannock (T-AO-204) conducts a dual replenishment at sea with the guided-missile destroyers USS Kidd (DDG-100) and USS Mustin (DDG-89). Kidd and Mustin, currently traveling with the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN-73), conducted a RAS to stock up on fuel and supplies. George Washington departed her forward-operating port of Yokosuka, Japan, Sept. 19 to continue her 2011 patrol.
    US Navy photo # 111008-N-JO245-078 SOUTH CHINA SEA (Oct. 8, 2011) by MCSN Justin E. Yarborough.
    Lee Wahler
    Rappahannock 828k The guided-missile destroyer USS Mustin (DDG-89) receives fuel from USNS Rappahannock (T-AO-204) during a refueling at sea. Mustin is one of seven Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers assigned to Destroyer Squadron (DESRON-15) and is on patrol in the western Pacific.
    US Navy photo # 111008-N-EA192-041 PACIFIC OCEAN (Oct. 8, 2011) by MC3 Mikey Mulcare.
    Lee Wahler
    Rappahannock 458k CDR. Matthew M. McGonigle, commanding officer of the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Pinckney (DDG-91), waves to Sailors aboard USNS Rappahannock (T-AO-204) as Pinckney approaches for a replenishment at sea. Pinckney is in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility.
    US Navy photo # 111013-N-ED900-042 SOUTH CHINA SEA (Oct. 13, 2011) by MC2 Eddie Harrison.
    Lee Wahler
    Rappahannock 335k USNS Rappahannock (T-AO-204) maintains station as the U.S. 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC-19), not shown, approaches for a replenishment at sea.
    US Navy photo # 120321-N-HH904-194 SOUTH CHINA SEA (March 21, 2012) by MC3 Cale Hatch.
    Lee Wahler
    Rappahannock 590k USNS Rappahannock (T-AO-204) underway alongside the amphibious dock-landing ship USS Gunston Hall (LSD-44), not shown, before a replenishment at sea. Gunston Hall is part of the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group with the embarked 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (24th MEU) and is deployed supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.
    US Navy photo # 120714-N-XO436-014 ARABIAN SEA (July 14, 2012) by MC3 Jonathan Sunderman.
    Lee Wahler
    Rappahannock
    140307-N-NT265-173 EAST CHINA SEA (March 7, 2014
    317k USNS Rappahannock (T-AO-204) comes alongside and extends refueling lines to the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6) during a replenishment-at-sea. Bonhomme Richard is the flagship of the Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group and, with the embarked 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (31st MEU), is conducting joint force operations in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility.
    US Navy photo #'s 140307-N-NT265-173 EAST CHINA SEA (March 7, 2014) and 140307-N-NT265-753 EAST CHINA SEA (March 7, 2014) by MC3 Christian Seny.
    Robert M. Cieri and Lee Wahler
    Rappahannock
    140307-N-NT265-753 EAST CHINA SEA (March 7, 2014)
    342k
    Rappahannock 219k USNS Rappahannock (T-AO-204) conducts a replenishment-at-sea with the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill (CG-52), Bunker Hill is underway as part of the Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group. USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW-17), are on deployment in the US 7th Fleet area of responsibility supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.
    US Navy photo # 120714-N-XO436-014 ARABIAN SEA (July 14, 2012) by MC3 James Vazquez.
    Ron Reeves

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